Japan’s Keisuke Honda, right, celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the group H match between Japan and Senegal at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg , Russia, Sunday, June 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Japan came from behind twice to secure a draw with Senegal in Ekaterinburg that keeps both teams qualification hopes alive.

Liverpool’s Sadio Mane opened the scoring in the 11th minute for the African side after a mistake by goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima where he tried to punch the ball away only for it deflect off Mane and go in.

Japan responded in the 34th minute when a through ball was met superbly by Yuto Nagatomo who cut inside the Senegalsese defence before passing to Takashi Inui and he curled it superbly in to the corner of the net.

The second half saw Japan almost take the lead twice as Yuya Osako couldn’t connect with a driven cross, before Genki Haraguchi hit the crossbar with a fine curled attempt over the top of Kawashima.

But it was Sengal who re-took the lead in the 71st minute when Moussa Wagué drilled the ball into the top corner after a cross from Youssouf Sabaly.

Just seven minutes later however saw Japan pull level again when a cross from Osako wasn’t met by Kawashima and Keisuke Honda, Japan’s record world cup goal scorer, drilled the ball into the open net.

The result leaves both teams on four points and either could still potentially face England in the last 16 depending on the outcome of other results in the group.

JAPAN: Eiji Kawashima, Maya Yoshida, Hiroki Sakai, Yuto Nagatomo, Gen Shoji, Genki Haraguchi, Gaku Shibasaki, Makoto Hasebe, Takashi Inui, Shinji Kagawa, Yuya Osako.

SUBS USED: Takashi Usami, Keisuke Honda, Shinji Okazaki

SENEGAL: Khadim N’Diaye, Salif Sané, Moussa Wagué, Kalidou Koulibaly, Youssouf Sabaly, Sadio Mané, Alfred N’Diaye, Badou Ndiaye, Ismaila Sarr, Idrissa Gueye, M’Baye Niang.

SUBS USED: Cheikhou Kouyaté, Cheikh N’Doye, Mame Biram Diouf